Religion is based ... mainly upon fear ... fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.— Bertrand Russell
Colossal Human Cruelty quotations
I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.
If human beings can be trained for cruelty and greed and a belief in power which comes through hate and fear and force, certainly we can train equally well for greatness and mercy and the power of love which comes because of the strength of the good qualities to be found in the soul of every human being.
Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.
All human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is.
To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.
To me, cruelty is the worst of human sins.
Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal.
Human emotions are a gift from our animal ancestors. Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself.
It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.
Human cruelty knows no limits and that one needs immense courage and a will of iron to help others understand that animals are made of flesh and blood like us, that they suffer the same pains as us, that they deserve the same respect as us and that their continuous slaughter should not be part of human entertainment.
A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage.
As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.
Cruelty to animals can become violence to humans.
Never believe that animals suffer less than humans.
Pain is the same for them that it is for us. Even worse, because they cannot help themselves.
The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it.
The way of the miracle-worker is to see all human behavior as one of two things: either love, or a call for love.
Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems unnatural to us.
Mediation and reconciliation work is about a profound quest for justice and social transformation. But at the same time, they are about service, solidarity, about exploring and rediscovering the human spirit that has been lost or shattered through human conflict, cruelty, ignorance and greed.
Cruelty to animals is as if humans did not love God.
Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.
If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution - and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity.
Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.
Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal. Only styles change.
Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.
A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is a bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.
My work is basically an outgrowth of the anger I feel about the human condition.
The aspects of it that make me angry are our capacity for cruelty and the ability people have to ignore situations they don't like.
Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people.
One thing that defines humans: if we can imagine it, we can do it.
The excuse or toleration of cruelty upon any living creature by a woman is a deadly sin against the grandest force in nature - maternal love ... In not a single instance known to science has the cure of any human disease resulted necessarily from this fallacious method of research.
The Queen has done all she could on the dreadful subject of vivisection, and hopes that Mr. Gladstone will speak strongly against such a practice which is a disgrace to humanity.
Human compassion is equal to human cruelty, and it is up to each of us to tip the balance.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
A modern and humane civilization must control conception or sink into barbaric cruelty to individuals.
I have developed a deep respect for animals.
I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.
We slander the hyena; man is the fiercest and cruelest animal.
The last of the human freedoms - to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances.
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic.
It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
never forget this moment, the hum of the bee, the saffron threads of the flower, the drawn blinds, nature's assiduousness and human cruelty.
Animal cruelty is one of the most unfortunate and barbaric demonstrations of human beings manipulating ill conceived notions of ‘power’ over other species.
Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings;
they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.